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Project by hannes posted 11-04-2009 09:09 AM 2298 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these after my wife asked me to make some frames for 4 pictures she bought. I’ve seen this design around, but not sure where anymore, but probably right here on LJs. Anyway i have never worked with Kiaat wood (Southern African wood – before and thought it is a good opportunity to try it.

I had fun making these and since i am still a novice, had good practice. Then also the wife is happy, so i am happy. :)

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#1 posted 11-04-2009 09:42 AM

They look great! Those lap joints look a lot easier than squaring up and fitting those pesty miter joints ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-04-2009 10:01 AM

I have used the Pterocarpus Indicus extensively,,,, nice to work.. and it looks similar to the P. Angolensis…
P. Indicus is known as New Guinea Rosewood.

BTW nice job on the frames..

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 10:34 AM

I thought it was just me having a tough time lining those lap joints up. :) I’ll use the wood again… was easy to work with. I’ve seen the New Guinea Rosewood at the lumber yard. Also very beautiful.

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#4 posted 11-04-2009 12:07 PM

Cool idea for a different style of pic frames! Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-04-2009 02:31 PM

Nice wood, nice job. I like the style.

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#6 posted 11-04-2009 03:07 PM

Hannes, these are nice frames and I like your design and wood choice. My wife has several pictures that she has patiently waited for me to frame (along with several other projects, as well). I have never considered using half lap joinery for frames but this post certainly shows what an interesting look it gives.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 11-04-2009 03:20 PM

Those look great. I really like the little bevel where the pieces meet, it really sets it off.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#8 posted 11-04-2009 04:14 PM

I like the wrap around effect. Well done.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 11-04-2009 04:26 PM

Great job on the frames. Never thought of using lap joints makes them rather unique.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 11-04-2009 05:27 PM

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#11 posted 11-04-2009 11:30 PM

I really like the look of your frames. Nice job.

-- John @

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#12 posted 12-13-2009 09:43 PM

For a novice you certainly did a fine job, hope to see more

-- When you know better you do better.

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